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Digital Media Arts         

College of Liberal Arts                                            

Division of Performing, Visual and Digital Media Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Television Arts Option

Audio Recording Option

Music Technology Option

 

Certificate

Television Arts

Audio Technology

 

Faculty

George Vinovich, Department Chair

Professors: David Bradfield, Mark Waldrep

Division Office:  LCH E-303, (310) 243-3543

 

Program Description

The area of Digital Media Arts is a professionally-oriented degree program within the Division of Performing, Visual and Digital Arts at CSU Dominguez Hills.  The purpose of the program is to:  1) Provide an academic program that gives students a solid base in the theoretical and technological skills required for professional careers in the emerging digital media industries of television/film production, CD-ROM, DVD, Web Page design, music recording, composing, computer graphics and animation;  2) Provide a hands-on, state-of-the-art facility to train students in the production and repurposing of digital media for entertainment and information industries;  3) Prepare students with practical, marketable job skills to enter professional careers in industries that rely on digital media production and repurposing; 4) Provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in producing a variety of professional, high quality projects using professional-level analog and digital media technology and equipment and software;  5) Provide students with the opportunity to work in teams, applying their producing, directing, writing, composing, editing and engineering skills to produce a variety of digital media projects such as CD-ROM, DVD, Web Pages, dramatic features, music recording, music videos, documentaries, magazine feature segments, and public service announcements.

The Digital Media Arts curriculum is geared for students who wish to have marketable job skills to enter professional careers in the digital media industry.  These career goals include producer, director, writer, composer, editor, lighting director, sound technician, camera operator, studio recording engineer, radio station engineering, MIDI programming, audio/video post production, sound reinforcement, and electronic graphics and animation designer.  Data from needs assessment surveys of the media industries indicate that there is a high demand for graduates that possess the hands-on, technical production skills that this curriculum offers.

The Certificate in Television Arts (21 units) and Certificate in Audio Technology (24 units) are geared for part-time, working students or students who already hold a Bachelor’s Degree whose primary objective is immediate training in the field of television production or audio recording, as opposed to a college degree.  These programs allow students to concentrate on developing marketable job skills in preparation for entry level employment in their respective industries within a three-semester time span.

 

Features

Television Studio allows students to produce multi-camera projects in a 10,000 square-foot stage area equipped with Ultimatte blue screen technology for digital compositing, Grass Valley SEG, Inscriber CG with Still Store, Strand Dimmer System, and Kino-Flo and Mole-Richardson lighting equipment.

Avid Editing Suites allow students to edit analog and digital video projects using nonlinear technology in rooms equipped with Mini-DV and Beta SP mastering and DVD authoring and duplication capabilities.

EFP Field Production Systems equipped with 24P technology, Betacams, Sachtler fluid head tripods, Lowel lighting kits, C-Stands, Sennheiser boom systems, and Sony color field monitors allow students to shoot professional-quality footage on location.

Beta SP Editing Suite equipped with WFM/VEC, SEG, and Mackie mixer allows students to edit projects using linear tape editing techniques.

Design Lab with twenty G4 stations allows students to design titles, motion graphics, and 3D animation using Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio, Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, Lightwave, and Pro Tools with M Boxes.

Recording Studio facility allows students to work on 24-track, 16-track, and 8-track formats that include analog and digital recording equipment.  The control room features a Soundcraft 2400 console, Sony JH-24 multi-track with Dolby SR noise reduction, Alesis ADAT 8-track digital recording systems, digital and analog 2-track machines and signal processors by Lexicon, Yamaha, Sontec, Valley and Eventide.

Computer Music Workstation Room contains five Macintosh and one Windows-based workstations for MIDI production, audio editing, and CD production including “burning.”  One station is also connected to the campus LAN and the internet for transfer of media data to other studios.  Software at all stations includes Digital Audio Recording/Editing and MIDI recording/editing software as well as multimedia authoring and web design software.  Audio data can be mastered on DAT and/or hard disc.

Ramsa Station is a G4 workstation interfaced to a Ramsa Digital Audio Mixing Console and two ADAT digital audio 8-track recorders with extensive MIDI including a Roland 88 key weighted controller and a wide variety of MIDI expansion modules equipped with ProTools DAW software, 160-gig storage, CD burner, and DAT data backup.  It is locked to a Beta SP VTR via a SMPTE MIDI Timepiece which makes it compatible with tape editing systems.

Mackie/Sonic-Solution Station is a G3 workstation interfaced to a Mackie Digital Audio Mixing Console and three TASCAM DA-98’s and equipped with Sonic-Solutions digital audio editing as well as ProTools.  In addition to DAT and CD mastering, students can work with Adobe After Effects software to create animated I.D. and promo spots and Web Page designs.  These systems can monitor, mix, and master in either stereo or Dolby 5.1 Surround.

Students receive individual attention and one-on-one, hands-on instruction in the proper use of these facilities.  Students who pass Proficiency Exams are allowed access to many of these facilities on a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week basis to work on class production projects.

 

Academic Advisement

It is crucial that students meet with the appropriate coordinator of their selected degree option before enrolling in or planning a course schedule in Digital Media Arts.  (Television Arts, George Vinovich gvinovich@csudh.edu); (Audio Recording, Mark Waldrep 243-2255); (Music Technology, David Bradfield 243-3320).  These advisors will also assist students in selecting an appropriate minor that will complement their degree option in Digital Media Arts.

Digital Media Arts courses are offered in a specific sequence which requires prerequisite and co-requisite courses.  Meeting with the appropriate coordinator will allow the student to complete the program in the most expedient and efficient manner possible.  As such, students do not waste time and energy by completing unnecessary courses and units.  Coordinators also serve as career counselors and concerned mentors to help bridge the gap between the world of the university and the world of the working professional.

 

Recommended Minor Programs

Since students who major in Digital Media Arts will also need to complete a Minor in another field, the following Minor programs are recommended for this major: Art, Digital Graphics, Advertising, Computer Art, Communications, Music, or Theatre Arts (see Catalog sections for details).

 

Preparation

Students entering the Digital Media Arts program who wish to focus on Audio Recording or Music Technology should have a demonstrated interest and/or background in music, composition, audio production, and current uses of personal computers in the field.  Additionally, students familiar with the internet and other online information services will find these skills essential in the rapidly changing world of digital media production and delivery.  Students interested in pursuing professional careers in the highly-competitive television and film industry should be aware that those who succeed in establishing a career in the industry are characteristically hard-working, disciplined, focused on a career, and most of all, resilient to persevere in the face of continuous rejection.  Strong writing, interpersonal, and computer skills are a definite advantage in this field.

 

Recommended Lower Division Electives

ART 170.     2-D Composition (3)

COM 100.    Mass Media and Society (3)

COM 206.    Photojournalism (3)

COM 250.    Writing for the Media (3)

MUS 110.     Music Fundamentals (3)

MUS 111.     Introduction to Music Theory (3)

Career Possibilities

Graduates from the Digital Media Arts program will find career opportunities in a wide range of existing entertainment, informational and educational venues.  The broad focus of the instruction in this program prepares students for roles as media production specialists, audio engineers and producers, interactive designers, music technologists and MIDI-assisted composers.  The emerging areas of the internet and DVD will create additional demand for graduates skilled in advanced media production techniques.  The Television Arts program with its hands-on training and production project experience prepares graduates for a variety of career opportunities in the television and film industry such as producer, director, writer, camera operator, video editor, lighting director, sound technician, and electronic graphics and animation designer in a variety of venues such as commercial broadcasting at TV stations, networks, studios, and production houses; noncommercial television such as in-house corporate, government, educational, and institutional communications operations; public access and local origination cable television; and of course, free-lance production services as a video consultant. 

 

Student Organizations

Students can enhance their academic studies and involvement in the television industry by becoming student members of professional organizations such as the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I).  Students in Audio Recording and Music Technology can benefit from the proximity of the campus to the center of the entertainment industry and can associate themselves with the local student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and other special interest groups whose venue conferences and shows which include ShowBix Expo, Post LA, Musicom, The DV Expo, SMPTE, and SIGGRAPH all take place in Los Angeles. Student membership in these professional associations allows students to network with industry executives and working professionals regarding internships and job opportunities in the field.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.  A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division. 

 

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

 

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

 

Minor Requirements

Students completing this major will need to complete a minor in another field.  Students are encouraged to discuss their choice of minor with the coordinator of their selected degree option.

Major Requirements (39 units)

Students must select one of the options listed.  The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Common Core Requirements (14 units)

DMA 300.    Digital Technology and the Arts (3) 

DMA 310.    Tools And Techniques in Digital Media (3) 

DMA 346.    Digital Media Production Workshop (1, 1, 1)

DMA 400.    Strategies for Digital Media Delivery (3)

DMA 499.    Senior Project in Digital Media (2)

 

Audio Recording Option  (39 units)

A. Common Core Requirements (14 units)

 

B. Upper Division Required Courses (22 units)

DMA 330.    Audio Recording (3)

DMA 331.    Audio Recording Lab (1) (1)

DMA 335.    Music Synthesis (3)

DMA 336.    Music Synthesis Lab (1)

DMA 430.    Advanced Audio Recording (3)

DMA 431.    Advanced Audio Recording Lab (1)

DMA 435.    Advanced Music Synthesis (3)

DMA 436.    Advanced Music Synthesis Lab (1)

DMA 438.    Music Production (3)

DMA 439.    Music Production Lab (1)

DMA 494.    Independent Study (1)

 

C. Electives (3 units) - Select one course from the following: 

PHY 331.       Audio Electronics (3)  or

PHY 333.     Analog Electronics (3) or

PHY 335.     Digital Electronics (3)

 

 D.           Audio Recording Proficiency Exam

      Requires the student to demonstrate a practical working knowledge of standard studio procedures and techniques as well as operational familiarity with the equipment found in a multi-track recording facility.

 

Music Technology Option  (39 units)

A. Common Core Requirements (14 units)

 

B. Upper Division Required Courses (22 units)

DMA 330.    Audio Recording (3)

DMA 331.    Audio Recording Lab (1)

DMA 335.    Music Synthesis (3)

DMA 336.    Music Synthesis Lab (1)

DMA 430.    Advanced Audio Recording (3)

DMA 431.    Advanced Audio Recording Lab (1)

DMA 435.    Advanced Music Synthesis (3)

DMA 436.    Advanced Music Synthesis Lab (1)

DMA 450.    Computer Music (3)

DMA 494.    Independent Study (1)

MUS 309.     Advanced Musicianship (1) (1) 

 

 C. Electives (3 units) - Select one course from the following:

MUS 415.     Composition and Arranging: Art Music (3) or

MUS 416.    Composition and Arranging: Popular and Jazz (3)

 

 D.           Additional Requirements

      To be admitted to the Music Technology Option students must demonstrate a basic understanding of music notation and fundamental music theory.  Students must complete MUS 111 Introduction to Music Theory.  This requirement may be satisfied by an equivalent course in community college.  This requirement may also be met through Credit by Examination at CSUDH.

 

      MUS 309 Prerequisites: Musicianship Placement Exam and consent of the instructor.  The Music Department gives this placement exam at the beginning of each semester.  Transfer students are encouraged to take ear-training courses in community college.  Students who do not pass into MUS 309 will be placed in preparatory courses such as MUS 109 or MUS 209 based upon their score on the Musicianship Placement Exam.

 

      Ramsa Board Test: In order to book private, independent time on the Ramsa Digital Audio Station, students must pass the Ramsa Board Test, a timed, practical exam designed to protect the equipment.  In order to complete lab projects, students must pass this exam to book studio time after hours and on weekends.  This will impact students in all lab classes, DMA 326, and DMA 450.  The exam is built into the grading component of these courses.

 

E.   Synthesizer Proficiency Exam

      Requires the student to demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary analog and digital synthesis terms and techniques and to produce a specified sonic design on a studio synthesizer.

 

 

Television Arts Option  (39 units)

A. Common Core Requirements (14 units)

 

B. Upper Division Required Courses (25 units)

DMA 320.    TV Directing I (3)

DMA 322.    TV Directing II (3)

DMA 323.    TV Crew Production (3, 3)

DMA 324.    TV Titling and Animation (3)

DMA 325.    EFP Videography (3)

DMA 326.    TV Sound Design (3)

DMA 327.    Independent TV Production (3)

DMA 496.    Off-Campus Internship in the Media (1)

 

C. EFP Proficiency Exam

      Requires the student to pass a hands-on, practical exam on the setup, calibration, operation, troubleshooting, and storage of the Betacam electronic field production system, lighting kit, and Sachtler support system used for location shooting.  Students must pass this exam before checking out equipment for off-campus use on production projects.

 

D. Edit Room Proficiency Exam

      Requires each student to pass a hands-on, practical exam on the operation, calibration, and troubleshooting of the Avid Nonlinear system and the Beta SP Linear Tape editing system.  Students must pass this exam before booking independent editing time outside of class hours.

 

Certificate in Audio Technology  (24 units)

A. Required Courses

DMA 330.    Audio Recording (3)

DMA 331.    Audio Recording Lab (1)

DMA 335.    Music Synthesis (3)

DMA 336.    Music Synthesis Lab (1)

DMA 430.    Advanced Audio Recording (3)

DMA 431.    Advanced Audio Recording Lab (1)

DMA 432.    Recording Studio Maintenance (2)

DMA 433.    Recording Studio Maintenance Lab (1)

PHY 331.      Audio Electronics (3)

PHY 335.      Digital Electronics (3)

PHY 337.      Microprocessors (3)

 

B. Synthesizer Proficiency Exam

      Requires the student to demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary analog and digital synthesis terms and techniques and to produce a specified sonic design on a studio synthesizer.

 

C. Audio Recording Proficiency Exam

      Requires the student to demonstrate a practical working knowledge of standard studio procedures and techniques as well as operational familiarity with the equipment found in a multi-track recording facility.

 

Certificate in Television Arts  (21 units)

A. Required Courses

DMA 320.    TV Directing I (3)

DMA 322.    TV Directing II (3)

DMA 323.    TV Crew Production (3) (3)

DMA 324.    TV Titling and Animation (3)

DMA 325.    EFP Videography (3)

DMA 327.    Independent TV Production (3)

 

B. EFP Proficiency Exam

      Requires the student to pass a hands-on, practical exam on the setup, calibration, operation, troubleshooting, and storage of the Betacam electronic field production system, lighting kit, and Sachtler support system used for location shooting.  Students must pass this exam before checking out equipment for off-campus use on production projects.

 

C. Edit Room Proficiency Exam

      Requires each student to pass a hands-on, practical exam on the operation, calibration, and troubleshooting of the Avid Nonlinear system and the Beta SP Linear Tape editing system.  Students must pass this exam before booking independent editing time outside of class hours.

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Upper Division

DMA 300 Digital Technology, Culture and the Arts (3).

Prerequisite: HUM 200 or consent of instructor.

Survey of the impact of digital technology on culture and the arts including but not limited to the visual arts, music, dance, video, film, literature, and theatre.

DMA 310 Tools and Techniques in Digital Media Production (3).

Introduction and examination of the fundamental software and hardware tools used in the production of media for digital delivery.  Emphasis on creative production techniques and the development of skills required in the digital media industry.

DMA 320 TV Directing I (3).

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in DMA 323. 

Fundamental techniques in producing and directing multi-camera television productions in the studio, and single-camera, film-style programs on location.  Emphasis on producer/director skills for performance-based productions in the studio and on location.  Six hours of activity per week.

DMA 322 TV Directing II (3).

Prerequisite: DMA 320 and concurrent enrollment in DMA 323. 

Advanced techniques in producing and directing multi-camera television productions and single-camera, film-style programs in the studio and on location.  Emphasis on producer/director skills for drama-based productions.  Six hours of activity per week.

DMA 323  TV Crew Production (3). 

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in DMA 320 or DMA 322. 

Participation in a variety of crew assignments on production projects in the studio and on location.  Repeatable for credit.  Six hours of activity per week.

DMA 324 TV Titling and Animation (3). 

Introduction to computer-generated titles and basic, two-dimensional animation for television production.  Students will explore the aesthetics of graphic design elements for the screen and related software programs.  Six hours of activity per week.

DMA 325  EFP Videography (3).

Application of professional-format videotape recording techniques used in location shooting.  Emphasis on using portable lighting systems, reflectors, and location sound recording techniques.  Experience in technical aspects of equipment setup, system trouble shooting, and preventative maintenance.  Six hours of activity per week.

DMA 326  TV Sound Design (3).

Use of synthesizers, samplers, and MIDI for music scoring, sound effects drop-ins, ADR, and foley in television and stage productions.  Six hours of activity per week. 

DMA 327 Independent TV Production (3).

Prerequisite: DMA 322 and DMA 323. 

Aspects of producing television features on an independent-producer basis.  Practice in pre-production coordination, location shooting, directing, and editing techniques in the production of a broadcast-quality feature segment for public airing on the University cable TV channel.  Repeatable for credit.  Six hours of activity per week.

DMA 330 Audio Recording (3).

Prerequisite: PHY 100 and permission from instructor.

Theory and practice of sound recording.  Acoustics, psychacoustics, microphones and microphone techniques, consoles, mixers, signal processing and analog tape machines. 

DMA 331 Audio Recording Lab (1).

Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in DMA 330.

Hands-on experience in studio recording.  Live mix to stereo techniques and fundamentals of studio signal flow path.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of laboratory per week.

DMA 335  Music Synthesis (3).

Techniques, equipment, theory, and history of electronic music.  Psychoacoustics, classical tape studio techniques, and a conceptual approach to sound synthesis using modular synthesizers. 

DMA 336 Music Synthesis Lab (1).

Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in DMA 335.

Hands-on experience in classical tape studio techniques and in programming of synthesizers in a variety of musical styles.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of laboratory per week.

DMA 346 Digital Media Production Workshop (1).

Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.

Collaborative production activity on various projects in the digital media arts curriculum.  Repeatable for credit for up to three units.  Two hours of activity per week.

DMA 400 Strategies for Digital Media Delivery (3).

Prerequisite:  DMA 310.

Advanced exploration into the methods and mechanics of informational and entertainment design and delivery.  Evaluation of media production strategies including linear and non-linear scripting, conditional branching, and virtual reality via online, optical disc, and hybrid formats.

DMA 430 Advanced Audio Recording (3).

Prerequisite: DMA 330 and consent of instructor.

A continuation of DMA 330.  Analog tape machine calibration, noise reduction, console automation, digital audio, measurement techniques.  Guest lecturers from the professional audio community present information on current audio research and development.  Individual reading and research is required.

DMA 431 Advanced Audio Recording Lab (1).

Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in DMA 430 and consent of instructor.

Practical multi-track session work featuring increased access to studio facilities for individual and group recording projects.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of laboratory per week.

DMA 432 Recording Studio Maintenance (2).

Prerequisites: PHY 331 and concurrent enrollment in DMA 433 is recommended.

Installation, maintenance, trouble shooting, and repair of professional audio equipment in a studio environment.  Repeatable course.

DMA 433 Recording Studio Maintenance Lab (1).

Prerequisites: PHY 331 and previous or concurrent enrollment in DMA 432.

Installation, maintenance, trouble shooting, and repair of professional audio equipment in a studio environment.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of laboratory per week.

DMA 435 Advanced Music Synthesis (3).

Prerequisite: DMA 335 and consent of instructor.

A continuation of DMA 335.  Digital synthesizer concepts and a history of computer music.  Computer control of analog synthesizers, theory and use of MIDI specification, direct software and hardware sound synthesis theory. 

DMA 436 Advanced Music Synthesis Lab (1).

Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in DMA 435 and consent of instructor.

Experience in programming a variety of digital synthesizers from the Synclavier II to the Yamaha DX-7 using various mini and micro-computer systems.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of laboratory per week.

DMA 438 Music Production (3).

Prerequisite: DMA 430 and consent of instructor.

Analysis of recordings and seminars in music production.  Spatial and timbral ear-training techniques for recording engineers and producers.  Also a variety of engineering and production topics presented by guest lecturers. 

DMA 439 Music Production Lab (1).

Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in DMA 438 and consent of instructor.

Practice in the production of studio recordings.  Responsibility for music composition and arrangements, rehearsal, performance, studio and musician bookings, artist promotion, engineering assistance and artistic direction and management.  Interdisciplinary projects involving video or theatre are also possible.  Repeatable course.  Three hours of laboratory per week.

DMA 450 Computer Music (3).

Prerequisite: DMA 435 and consent of instructor.

Advanced studies in computer applications in music.  Course concentrates on new technologies.  Topics will vary with new innovations in the field.  Students have access to MIDI studio and computer music workstation for individual projects.  Repeatable course.  A-C/NC grading.

DMA 494 Independent Study (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. 

Investigation of a single topic, chosen in consultation with a faculty member, culminating in a paper, presentation, or creative project.  Repeatable for credit for up to three units.

DMA 495 Special Topics in the Digital Media Arts (3).

Study of a single topic or contemporary issue in the entertainment industry of television, film, music, or digital media to be determined by the instructor.  Repeatable for credit. 

DMA 496 Off Campus Internship in the Media (1).

Directed work experience in the television, film, music, or digital media industry under the supervision of a professionally-qualified mentor.  CR/NC grading only.  Repeatable for credit.  Ten hours of work experience per week.

DMA 499 Senior Project in Digital Media (2).

Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor. 

A capstone course culminating in the production of a final, collaborative project in conjunction with students from other program options in Digital Media Arts.  Selected in consultation with and evaluated by a faculty panel.